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HOK CAD Solutions 2009-09-22 13:04:00
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HOK CAD Solutions 2009-09-21 13:37:00
Here is an efficient method to adjust grids in a view as suggested by Mark R in our San Franciso office: ? You DON?T have to adjust the layout of your grids for every view.? You CAN propagate the same layout from another sheet.? It?s easy, you just use ?Propagate Extents?.But first, a caution about GRIDS:CAUTION: The GRID is put into …

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HOK CAD Solutions 2009-07-31 14:06:00
Points are a great feature in Revit 2010. The following video is another extract from my HOK Revit 2010 massing class which explains the principles of points and how hosted points can be used to control geometric forms.

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HOK CAD Solutions 2009-07-30 09:09:00
Question from Bart V:Does anyone have experience with Revit and MEP coordination....The issue is the same for more disciplines, but the lighting layout is a good example: we want to have ownership of the location, while the electrical engineer will be responsible for types, connections, etc.Option 1: All fixtures will be in the architectural model, and the electrical engineer would connect …

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HOK CAD Solutions 2009-07-27 16:30:00
Apart from the Ribbon interface, the major focus for the 2010 release of Revit Architecture are the new conceptual massing tools. The following video explains how to create a parametric freeform surface utilising the new conceptual massing tools and the new conceptual mass design environment. This is based on a short extract from a class which I ran for HOK …

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HOK CAD Solutions 2009-06-11 11:24:00
Lee Miller says....Ever wonder how to color fields in Revit Schedules?In the Element Properties of the Schedule, click on Formatting.In the Formatting Tab, ALT + N? "The super sneaky shortcut"You will get a dialog like this:

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HOK CAD Solutions 2009-05-07 09:51:00
I came across this tip from one of the Autodesk Revit development QA guys, Zach Kron and I thought it was worth sharing, I've expanded a little on Zach's original post, however Zach owns the credit. :-) This will work in both Revit 2009 and 2010. Below you will see a render of a form which utilises soft shadow, giving the …

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HOK CAD Solutions 2009-02-17 15:30:00
This a useful tip from Lee Miller, HOK Firmwide Revit CAD manager. The question is, "How do I merge two workset projects together?" Here's what to to; the key to this process, is preparation. Prepare the models First make backups of all your work.  Choose the smaller, least complex of the two models, and purge unused.  Get the model as …

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HOK CAD Solutions 2009-01-13 16:03:00
This question comes up on a fairly regular basis, how can I compare two Revit drawings to see what has changed between revisions? Also, how can I compare two different versions of the Revit model to see what has changed? In this post we will look at three different tools that can help facilitate this.I am sure their are other …

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HOK CAD Solutions 2008-12-15 10:09:00
Here's an interesting modelling challenge set by Nilanjana of the London Office. She wanted to quickly produce a balcony, based on the sketch below, for a large high rise residential scheme. You will see from the diagram above that the majority of the balcony is 450mm deep and is flat as indicated by the blue area. The balcony then …

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HOK CAD Solutions 2008-12-10 07:34:00
Kevin Shumbera in Houston writes:I'd like to report an easily reproducible issue to watch for (and to pass on to Autodesk). If an element with a keynote is outside of the model crop region, but the keynote itself is inside the annotation crop, the keynote will NOT show up in plan but will STILL schedule per that sheet. This happens in …

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HOK CAD Solutions 2008-12-06 00:37:00
William Lopez Campo asks:-I have a project which I have created a total of 30 dependent views on one level, how can I create duplicate dependent views on all my other views to match the 30 I have already created, without having to manually create them? To propagate a series of dependent views from one particular level to the levels above, …

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HOK CAD Solutions 2008-11-27 17:09:00
I discovered this one by mistake yesterday and thought it would be good to share. When working in the edit color scheme dialogue it is now possible to zoom in and out of the scheme definition window in Revit Architecture 2009; it is not possible in Revit Architecture 2008. All you need to do is place your mouse …

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HOK CAD Solutions 2008-10-21 18:49:00
Darryn B, LON asks: I need to create a timber lattice structure, such as the attached pictures, as a wall and possibly as a slab too. I was wondering if anyone knew of or has done anything like this before?William LC responds: Here?s a couple of examples on the approach I would take for a Timber Lattice Material.As you can see …

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HOK CAD Solutions 2008-10-17 12:28:00
Aungwara N, ATL says: We have a project that requires us to carve out areas that are larger than the pad openings and connect with each other below street level, like tunnels. Has anyone came up with a way to create a pad and able to control its height? The whole site will end up being about 0.5 mile long …

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HOK CAD Solutions 2008-09-12 01:49:00
If you find that structural framing elements fail to appear according to their object style settings you need to check the view range of the view. In order for these elements to use their category or sub-category assignments they must be part of (within) the Primary Range of a view's View Range settings.Adjust the Bottom of the Primary Range so that …

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HOK CAD Solutions 2008-08-04 09:42:00
Joe from HK says "We would like to make grids parallel to segments shown in image below in red"Lee Suggests: You can change the configuration of the Grid layout. To do this, select the curtain system and select the configure grid layout icon that appears.Click in the Degree value to set the angle of the grid

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HOK CAD Solutions 2008-07-03 17:58:00
This issue just popped onto the radar yesterday. Revit was generating the following error message while exporting to dwg.The issue is the use of illegal file name characters in the name of a view and/or project name. Revit has to create a file during export or plotting to a file and if the sheet name/view name or project name contains illegal …

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HOK CAD Solutions 2008-05-22 14:34:00
You want to know why when you link a 3d DWG model into Revit and try to cut a section through the linked model you don?t get a true representation of the section cut?Unfortunately you can?t simply link in a 3d DWG to your project and cut sections through the linked 3d DWG data.To get a true section through a 3d …

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HOK CAD Solutions 2008-04-30 13:36:00
How do I show wall tiling in Room elevations?When creating room elevation of toilets or bathrooms there may be times when you want to show tiling on the walls. You could approach this in a number of ways, however a good start point is to use the split face tool which can be found in the toolbar across the top of …

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